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  • BOMBSHELL: Afghanistan-Iraq Vets Prefer George W. Bush over Obama by Two to One Ratio

    03/30/2014 7:51:29 AM PDT · by kristinn · 23 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Sunday, March 30, 2014 | Kristinn Taylor
    The Washington Post released a lengthy article this weekend based on a survey of 819 veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Buried deep in the article by Post reporter Rajiv Chandrasekaran, who spent two years in Iraq as the Post’s bureau chief, is this bombshell: “When it comes to their most-senior commander, the vets decisively prefer George W. Bush to Obama. Only a third approve of the way Obama is handling his job, and 42 percent of them think he has been a good commander in chief despite his decisions to bring troops home from Iraq, wind down...
  • Military Absentee Ballots Delivered One Day Late, Would Have Swung Election For Romney (Satire)

    11/08/2012 6:38:38 AM PST · by Jedidah · 17 replies
    The Duffle Blog ^ | Nov. 7, 2012
    WASHINGTON, DC – Sources confirmed today that hundreds of thousands of military absentee ballots were delivered hours after the deadline for them to be counted, with preliminary counts showing that they would have overturned the vote in several states and brought a victory for Governor Mitt Romney. Officials say the ballots were delivered late due to problems within the military mail system. Tracking invoices show the ballots sat in a warehouse for a month, then they were accidentally labeled as ammunition and shipped to Afghanistan. At Camp Dwyer, Marine Sergeant John Davis signed for them and was surprised at the...
  • GOP senators: Thousands of ballots unlikely to reach military voters in time

    11/05/2012 12:53:21 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/5/2012 | Ramsey Cox
    A group of Republican senators said Monday that thousands of voter ballots are unlikely to reach military service members until after Nov. 6. One day ahead of the election, Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to express their concern over delays in ballots reaching military voters overseas. We write to express concerns over another serious failure by the Department of Defense (DoD) to safeguard the voting rights of our overseas military service members, which we believe could result in the imminent...
  • YOU'LL NEVER GUESS WHAT HAPPENED TO ARMED FORCES BALLOTS MAILED FROM AFGHANISTAN

    11/03/2012 10:26:25 AM PDT · by bkopto · 18 replies
    Director Blue ^ | 11/2/2012 | Doug Ross
    But I'm sure Eric Holder will launch a thorough investigation any second now.... SNIP Once again, the votes of our best and brightest are suppressed, while the Obama administration tacitly encourages illegal immigrants, felons and the dead to vote Democrat. You know what we need to do on November 6th. And hopefully the margin of victory will be sufficient to represent a complete and total repudiation of the Democrat Party. Flush twice. It's the only way to be sure.
  • Poll: Military Supports Romney 3-1

    10/30/2012 12:38:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 28, 2012 | William Bigelow
    The battle-hardened veterans of the military favor Mitt Romney over Barack Obama by a huge margin, 66% to 22%, according to an October poll conducted by the Military Times -- and the two issues most important to the voters were the economy and the character of the candidate. 66% of respondents said that either the economy or the character of the candidate was the deciding issue. The group surveyed was comprised of 3,100 respondents who were roughly two-thirds active-duty and one-third reserve component members. Almost 29% have spent more than two cumulative years deployed since 9/11, and another group that...
  • What's the Truth about the military vote status?

    10/27/2012 8:56:24 AM PDT · by CincyRichieRich · 5 replies
    10-27-12 | Self
    All, What is the real status of the military vote? I see ballots destroyed in a crash, I hear nothing from Boehner, I hear a few rumblings from Graham and McCain, but the biggest stink raised was from Josh Mandell in Ohio. Does anyone know any facts or the real latest of military voting (I guess I mean overseas)? Why is Boehner silent? Makes me believe he'd be fine with 0bummer winning.
  • Barack Obama RIPPED By Bayonet Co. "We're Still Relevant!!!"

    10/23/2012 8:46:22 AM PDT · by Justaham · 39 replies
    tmz.com ^ | 10/23/12
    President Barack Obama has offended the bayonet community ... TMZ has learned. TMZ spoke with multiple people in the bayonet industry who tell us they were shocked and even offended when Obama brought up the weapon during last night's debate. FYI -- Obama was going after Romney when he said, "You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military's changed." According to the official U.S. Marine Corps website, every Marine is STILL required to complete a bayonet...
  • Romney campaign files federal suit to ensure all military ballots count in Wisconsin

    10/15/2012 8:45:33 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 8 replies
    Dailycaller.com ^ | October 15, 2012 | Caroline May
    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign has filed a federal lawsuit in Wisconsin to extend the amount of time military and overseas absentee ballots can be returned. The federal suit came on the heels a campaign request to the state’s Government Accountability Board to extend the deadline after at least 30 Wisconsin municipalities failed to send overseas ballots 45 days before the election, which is required under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter Act (UOCAVA). The campaign proceeded with the suit against GAB after their initial request was denied. “Because members of the military are often stationed in remote,...
  • Military ballots still AWOL as states fail to mail

    10/15/2012 6:10:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Times 24-7 ^ | 10/15/2012
    Jurisdictions in Vermont, Michigan, Mississippi and Wisconsin have failed to mail absentee ballots to military members by the Sept. 22, 2012, deadline established by the [Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment] Act. Rep. Buck McKeon, Republican from California, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee; Rep. Daniel E. Lungren, Republican from California, chairman of the House Administration Committee; and Rep. Lamar Smith, Republican from Texas, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to the Defense and Justice departments reading: ...
  • Defense Department Brushes Off Absentee Ballot Issue

    10/09/2012 11:56:18 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 27 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 6 Oct 2012 | John Semmens
    Reports that a majority of the nation’s overseas soldiers and sailors won’t be able to cast votes in this election because the Department of Defense hasn’t made the effort to implement an effective absentee ballot process were brushed off by DOD brass. Secretary Leon Panetta said he “regrets that some of our valiant warriors will be disenfranchised,” but attributed the problem to “the need to set priorities.” “Among the lengthy enumeration of ‘things to do’ that are on my plate, ensuring that the troops get to vote is pretty far down the list,” Panetta said. “I have to meet with...
  • Military Poll: Romney Creams Obama by 40 Percentage Points

    10/08/2012 12:51:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 10/08/2012
    President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney may be nearly tied among voters as a whole, but among military members, the former Massachusetts governor is obliterating the president, 66 percent to 26 percent, according to a new poll from the Military Times. To be sure the survey covers only military personnel who subscribe to the paper. This population is older and more senior than the military population at large, but it is representative of the professional core of the all-volunteer force, the Times says. Interestingly enough, 41 percent of respondents said the economy is the most important issue, compared...
  • Romney holds 40-point lead among military voters

    10/08/2012 12:30:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    In a Military Times poll likely to devastate a White House that's done everything in its power to win over veterans, past and present (except come up with a cohesive and effective foreign policy), Mitt Romney beats Barack Obama by an astonishing 40 points, 66-26% What's even more surprising is that Romney is doing almost as well against Obama as war hero John McCain did in 2008. That year, McCain polled a statistically insignificant two points better than Romney against Obama with 68% of support.
  • Obama To Soldiers Overseas: No Voting For You!

    09/08/2012 8:27:21 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 29 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | September 8, 2012
    Military: The administration thanks the troops for their service by failing to comply with a law requiring that it help soldiers deployed overseas cast ballots in their home states. The administration has taken various states to court to block voter ID laws on the grounds it will disenfranchise voters. But it has no qualms about the disenfranchisement of military voters overseas through its failure to comply with and enforce the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, passed by Congress in 2009 and signed into law by President Barack Obama. The law acknowledges the difficulties caused by time and distance...
  • America's Warriors Being Denied The Right To Vote

    10/04/2012 6:20:12 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | October 4, 2012
    Election 2012: Indifference of the administration and the Defense Department will cause a record low military vote this year, particularly in swing states. Those who protect our right to vote deserve better. A new report by the Military Voter Protection Project found that absentee ballot requests by the military have dropped significantly since 2008 and are on track to make 2012 a record low for the military vote. As of Sept. 22, requests were down 46% in Florida, 70% in Virginia and 70% in Ohio. "These are (the) lowest numbers we've seen in the last decade," Eric Eversole, founder and...
  • Update: Romney Campaign May Sue to Guarantee Wisconsin's Military Voters' Ballot Access

    10/02/2012 12:04:30 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 15 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | October 2, 2012 11:48 AM | MacIver News Service
    State Election Officials Downplay Errors by Municipal Clerks [Madison, Wisc...] The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board could be facing a lawsuit because 30 municipalities failed to send absentee ballots to military and overseas voters, a mistake a GAB official downplayed Tuesday afternoon. "The Department of Justice will file a lawsuit when UOCAVA [Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voter Act] is violated, and we've been in contact with them about Wisconsin and other states," Ryan Williams, spokesperson for the Romney campaign told the MacIver News Service. "If the Department of Justice does not act, we're willing to file the paperwork with the...
  • Military Absentee Voting...Ballots Not Being Requested?

    10/01/2012 5:15:27 AM PDT · by CincyRichieRich · 22 replies
    Military Voter Protection Project ^ | 9-30-12 | Kenric Ward
    FREDERICKSBURG — A 92 percent drop in absentee-ballot requests by military personnel in Virginia is raising concerns that the Pentagon is failing to carry out a federal voting law. With only 1,746 military voters in Virginia requesting absentee ballots so far this year — out of 126,251 service members in the state —the Military Voter Protection Project says the system has broken down. And it’s not just in the Old Dominion. MVPP Executive Director Eric Eversole reports significant declines in absentee-ballot requests by service members across the nation. Compiling data from Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Illinois, Ohio, Alaska, Colorado and...
  • VA: Military absentee ballots going AWOL in 2012

    09/30/2012 7:46:37 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 36 replies
    Military Vote Project ^ | Sunday September 30, 2012
    FREDERICKSBURG — A 92 percent drop in absentee-ballot requests by military personnel in Virginia is raising concerns that the Pentagon is failing to carry out a federal voting law. With only 1,746 military voters in Virginia requesting absentee ballots so far this year — out of 126,251 service members in the state —the Military Voter Protection Project says the system has broken down And it’s not just in the Old Dominion. MVPP Executive Director Eric Eversole reports significant declines in absentee-ballot requests by service members across the nation.
  • Obama Attempts To Suppress Ohio Military Vote

    08/08/2012 6:26:36 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | Aigust 7, 2012
    Politics: The administration likes to use soldiers for photo-ops but now, in a critical battleground state, they want to restrict the extra time for service members who protect our right to vote to cast theirs. mvsaclThe administration showed its true appreciation for military service when, on July 17, the Obama for America Campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party filed suit in that swing state to strike down part of the state's law governing voting by members of the military that gives them extra time to cast their ballots. Ohio is one of 32 states that allows...
  • Obama Campaign Admits Lawsuit Targets Ohio Military Voters To Equalize Vote

    08/07/2012 3:45:50 PM PDT · by Kfobbs · 12 replies
    Examiner ^ | August 7, 2012 | Kevin Fobbs
    Senior Obama Campaign official David Axelrod, admitted Sunday, August 5th on Fox News that Ohio military voters who are allowed early voting was indeed the target of the lawsuit filed against the state of Ohio. He incorrectly claimed that military early voting was an exception, which must be corrected, so that all Ohio voters can have the right to vote early. As Ohio democrats and the Obama campaign were targeting the military overseas voters and lambasting the Ohio state legislature and the Secretary of State for engaging in alleged discriminatory practices, they conveniently avoided mentioning that federal law protects early...
  • Axelrod defends suit on Ohio military voting law, calls Romney's stance 'shameful'

    08/05/2012 9:09:56 AM PDT · by Qbert · 27 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | August 05, 2012 | FoxNews.com
    Top Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod on Sunday defended Democrats’ lawsuit challenging an Ohio law on early voting for U.S. service members and called Mitt Romney’s portrayal of the case “shameful.” The Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee filed the suit to block a new state law allowing men and women in uniform to vote up until the Monday right before an election, while the cutoff on early voting for the rest of the public is three days earlier.  “The way Gov. Romney stated [the situation] is completely false,” Axelrod said on “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s shameful that Gov....
  • Obama camp: Romney's Ohio voting claim 'shameful'

    08/04/2012 7:02:14 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    politico44 ^ | 8/4/12 | REID J. EPSTEIN
    Mitt Romney sparked a Saturday tit-for-tat by claiming, without pointing to any evidence, that President Obama's campaign is trying to restrict military voting in Ohio. Obama’s campaign responded, ripping Romney for "completely fabricating" a claim it called “shameful.” At issue: A lawsuit the Obama campaign filed July 17 that seeks to restore three days of early voting for all of the state's voters. At no point does the lawsuit attempt to curb the rights of active military. Instead, the federal suit tries to restore three days of early voting for all citizens that Ohio GOP-led state legislature eliminated in 2011.
  • Obama Campaign Sues to Restrict Military Voting

    08/02/2012 7:04:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/2/12 | Mike Flynn
    President Barack Obama, along with many Democrats, likes to say that, while they may disagree with the GOP on many issues related to national security, they absolutely share their admiration and dedication to members of our armed forces. Obama, in particular, enjoys being seen visiting troops and having photos taken with members of our military. So, why is his campaign and the Democrat party suing to restrict their ability to vote in the upcoming election? On July 17th, the Obama for America Campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party filed suit in OH to strike down part...
  • Obama sues to restrict military vote in swing state

    08/02/2012 4:55:09 PM PDT · by Mortrey · 97 replies
    Washington Times.com ^ | August 3, 2012 | Mike Flynn
    Obama, in particular, likes to be seen visiting troops and photos taken with members of our military. So, why is his campaign and the Democrat party suing to restrict their ability to vote in the upcoming election?
  • Supreme Court Strikes Down 'Stolen Valor' Law

    06/28/2012 11:26:32 AM PDT · by BIGLOOK · 55 replies
    Wall Street Journa;l ^ | June 28, 2012 | Evan Perez
    WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court cited First Amendment rights to free speech in striking down a law that made it a federal crime to falsely claim to have been awarded military-honor medals. The 6-3 majority opinion upheld a Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that had declared unconstitutional the Stolen Valor Act, a 2006 statute Congress passed "to protect the reputation and meaning" of military honors.
  • Obama Battles To Win Military Voters

    05/26/2012 12:00:25 PM PDT · by Innovative · 35 replies
    MyFoxLA ^ | May 26, 2012 | NewsCore
    In the last few weeks, President Barack Obama has reached out to military voters with the aim of slicing away pieces of what has been a reliable part of the Republican base. The most recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll shows that presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney leads Obama among military voters, but by eight percent. That single-digit difference is significant and it follows on the heels of other polls showing Obama performing well among veterans, particularly veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • QUESTION: Will Reports INTENTIONALLY Call Florida BEFORE Polls Close?

    01/31/2012 12:43:14 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 28 replies
    http://enight.dos.state.fl.us/ ^ | Tuesday, 2:30 pm Central Time, Jan 31, 2012
    QUESTION: Will Reports INTENTIONALLY Call Florida BEFORE Polls Close In Pan-Handle (7 pm CENTRAL TIME)? I believe they will. I believe they'll call it at 7 pm Eastern time, which is 6 pm Central, one hour BEFORE the polls close so as to affect the military vote in the Pan-Handle of Florida. Here's what Florida Department of State, Division of Elections has on their web site. 2012 Presidential Preference Primary Florida election results will be released on election night, January 31, at 8 pm Eastern to accommodate voting in the Central time zone counties. Please be aware that while Florida...
  • The Disfranchisement of Our Military Voters

    09/08/2011 7:51:25 PM PDT · by seekthetruth · 44 replies
    Eric Eversole and Hans A Von Spakovsky ^ | September 8, 2011 | SeekTheTruth
    The Disfranchisement of Our Military Voters By Hans A. von Spakovsky and Eric Eversole Published September 07, 2011 | FoxNews.com Time and again, Eric Holder’s Justice Department and its Civil Rights Division has shown how highly partisan it is. From its dismissal of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case, to its harassment of jurisdictions with voter ID laws, the Division has proven that its far-left liberal ideology determines whether it will enforce (or not enforce) the law. Now it is ignoring the plight of military voters.
  • Military Voting Rights Conference

    07/01/2011 5:01:26 AM PDT · by AnyStreetFL · 15 replies
    Military Voter Protection Project/The Heritage Foundation ^ | 07/01/2011 | Military Voter Protection Project
    Cordially Invite You To Military Voting Rights Conference Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium 214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE | Washington, DC 20002 RSVP Online or call (202) 675-1752 Overseas members of the military and their families are guaranteed the right to vote by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. However, the difficulties of obtaining ballots in remote and dangerous areas of the world and returning them in time have led to shockingly high rates of disenfranchisement. The Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE Act) of 2009 required...
  • MVP Project Wins Court Battle in Maryland

    10/30/2010 7:12:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Military Voter Protection Project ^ | October 29, 2010 | Press Release
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A federal judge in Maryland today granted the Military Voter Protection Project’s request for a preliminary injunction to ensure that Maryland’s military members have sufficient time to vote in November. Under the terms of the order, the Maryland State Board of Elections will be required to count all military and overseas absentee ballots so long as the ballot has been cast on or before Election Day and is returned by 5:00 p.m. on November 22, 2010. The MVP Project filed this case after the Maryland State Board of Elections sent military voters an absentee ballot that only...
  • (Moran) Dem Candidate to Veteran: Military Service Isn't Public Service

    10/23/2010 4:15:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/22/2010 | Amanda Marshall
    Twenty-four years in the military doesn't count as public service, at least according to Virginia Democratic Congressman Jim Moran. In a video that's gone viral online, Moran is heard telling a Democratic gathering earlier this month that his opponent, Republican Patrick Murray, is just another unqualified GOP candidate. "What [Republicans] do is find candidates, usually stealth candidates, that haven't been in office, haven't served or performed in any kind of public service," Moran said. "My opponent is typical, frankly." The trouble is, Murray is a retired Army colonel with 24 years of service--including combat in Iraq. The idea that such...
  • Military ballots may not count in Illinois

    10/13/2010 4:37:02 PM PDT · by MaestroLC · 120 replies · 1+ views
    WLS-AM 890 ^ | October 13, 2010 | By Adam Zielinski
    CHICAGO (WLS) - The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether the state of Illinois missed the deadline for mailing absentee ballots to members of the military and other overseas American voters as part of a new federal overseas voting law. Cris Cray, Director of Legislation at the Illinois State Board of Elections, says not all of Illinois' 110 jurisdictions were compliant with the 2009 Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE). The law requires every state to mail their absentee ballots 45 days prior to Election Day to overseas troops, government employees and other Americans who want to vote from...
  • Lion's Share of Absentee Ballots Likely From Four Military Bases Miller Carried Election Day 3-1

    08/30/2010 4:29:28 PM PDT · by Brices Crossroads · 36 replies · 2+ views
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | 08/30/2010 | Ian Lazaran
    On election day, former West Point cadet and Bronze Star recipient Joe Miller defeated Republican Party Hack Lisa Murkowski by around a three-to-one margin among Alaskan registered voters at the Elmendorf Air Force base, Fort Richardson, and Fort Wainwright. The good news for Miller is that he can expect voters from these three areas to be disproportionately represented among the absentee ballots. How so? Only 2.55%, 4.97%, and 3.55% of the voters at Fort Wainwright, Elmendorf Air Force base, and Fort Richardson, voted on election day. The percentage of the electorate that turned out on election day was 28.36%. What...
  • Colorado Wants Waiver For Mailing Military Ballots

    08/02/2010 3:33:04 PM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 31 replies · 5+ views
    CBS 4 Denver ^ | Aug 2, 2010 | STEVEN K. PAULSON
    DENVER (AP) ― Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher is asking the federal government for a waiver of the requirement to mail ballots to military service members overseas 45 days before the November election, a move that means some ballots might not be counted. Spokesman Rich Coolidge said the ballots will still be mailed, but some soldiers in remote battlefields might not have enough time to mail them back, even though the state will give them an extra seven days after the election. He said they can also send them by e-mail or fax. Coolidge blamed late primaries and petition...
  • Washington Post Greg Sargent's innacuate and biased report on military voting

    08/02/2010 10:21:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 1 replies · 2+ views
    Election Law Center ^ | August 2, 2010 | Christian Adams
    Once upon a time you could count on the Washington Post to be accurate, even if everyone knew they were biased.   Greg Sargent of the Washington Post proves today that is no longer true.  For his latest piece has both bias and inaccuracy.  Mr. Sargent’s lack of accuracy demonstrates why the Post doesn’t have a rosy future – bias and inaccuracy is the death knell of dead-trees journalism.  The cost structure doesn’t have enough of a market that enjoys both bias and inaccuracy in their product. For starters, he reports that no states have applied for waivers from military voting...
  • Soldier overseas? No voting for you

    07/24/2010 4:33:40 AM PDT · by Man50D · 14 replies · 1+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | July 24, 2010 | Drew Zahn
    In the wake of the Department of Justice's New Black Panther Party scandal, a second former DOJ attorney has now come forward, blasting the department for failing to protect American soldiers' right to vote. What's even more alarming, the attorney claims, is that despite congressional mandates passed in 2009 to ensure military personnel overseas can participate in elections, the DOJ's Voting Section is ignoring the new laws and may allow thousands of ballots to slip through the cracks uncounted in November. Everybody talks about the problems, but "Taking America Back" actually offers some solutions for what the nation faces. Get...
  • Military Notebook: Support for Obama weak in troop poll

    04/18/2010 8:08:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies · 978+ views
    Macon Sun-Times (GA) ^ | April 18, 2010 | THOMAS L. DAY
    Results released last week of a survey of military service members, conducted by Military Times, showed weak support for President Obama among the troops he commands. Just 36 percent of the service members who were surveyed approve of Obama’s handling of the war in Afghanistan, well below the general public’s approval of Obama’s performance in Afghanistan. Nearly half of the active duty service members in the survey called themselves conservative, while only 8 percent called themselves liberal. Only 12 percent of service members surveyed by the Military Times identified themselves as Democrats, compared with 41 percent who identified themselves as...
  • Virginia Gov 2009: 16 Virginia localities fail to meet absentee-ballot deadline for military ballots

    10/28/2009 3:34:09 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 30 replies · 1,389+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | October 28, 2009 | Tyler Whitley
    Despite court prodding and changes in state election laws, 16 Virginia localities have failed to meet a deadline to allow absentee ballots of military personnel serving overseas to be counted on time. Nancy Rodriques, secretary of the State Board of Elections, said she did not know how many ballots will not be counted. The local election districts include the cities of Richmond, Colonial Heights and Williamsburg as well as Caroline County. "Words cannot express my disappointment in our commonwealth," said Rusty McGuire of Hanover County, chairman of the Iraqi Freedom Veterans Plate Project and deputy commonwealth's attorney in Louisa County....
  • Judge says Va. violated absentee voters' rights

    10/16/2009 4:09:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 2,371+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/16/09 | Zinie Chen Sampson - ap
    RICHMOND, Va. – A federal judge has ruled that Virginia violated the voting rights of military service members and other Americans overseas when officials failed to mail more than 2,100 absentee ballots in time for last year's presidential election. U.S. District Judge Richard Williams also ordered Friday that the Virginia Board of Elections count and certify the absentee ballots. The ballots from military service members and others living outside the state were the focus of a lawsuit filed by Republican candidate John McCain's campaign, which alleged that they weren't mailed in time for overseas voters to return them before the...
  • Is Virginia blocking military personnel from voting?

    10/05/2009 7:36:27 AM PDT · by kingattax · 7 replies · 745+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/04/09 | Michael Barone
    Is Virginia denying military voters the chance to vote in its state election this November? That’s what I gather from this post from the Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder and this post from Republican blogger Soren Dayton. There’s some shabby history here. In 1944 Republicans and Southern Democrats in Congress ganged up to make it difficult for military personnel—about 12 million men at the time—to vote; Republicans believed that most G.I.s would vote for Franklin Roosevelt, and Southern Democrats feared that black G.I.s would vote and get into the habit of voting. In 2000 some Democrats in Florida tried to prevent military...
  • Virginia Argues That They Don't Need To Send Out Military Absentee Ballots In Time To Vote

    10/04/2009 4:00:47 PM PDT · by khnyny · 25 replies · 2,280+ views
    RedState.com ^ | October 3, 2009 | Soren Dayton
    Last year, we covered some of the problems in the counting of military absentee ballots in Virginia, as did others. This problem has not gone away. It has just moved. The day before election day 2008, the McCain campaign filed a complaint in the Eastern District of Virginia to force Virginia to count military absentee ballots that came in after election day. McCain lost Virginia by more than enough votes, but the case went on with the Department of Justice replacing the McCain campaign.There were filings last month and will likely be a hearing this month. So what? The Virginia...
  • Virginia argues that they don't need to send out military absentee ballots in time to vote

    10/03/2009 5:06:25 PM PDT · by RecallMoran · 135 replies · 6,230+ views
    The Next Right ^ | 10/03/09 | Soren Dayton
    The State of Virginia has argued in a federal court filing that they can legally send out absentee ballots to active duty soldiers the day before an election. Restated again, the Democratic Chairwoman of the Virginia State Board of Election (appointed by the Democratic National Committee Chair Tim Kaine, in his capacity as Virginia Governor) Jean Cunningham just claimed a legal basis for massively raising the barrier to voting for soldiers at war.
  • Will soldiers have enough time to vote? (Fort Drum, NY, blue state, ACORN?)

    10/03/2009 1:35:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies · 703+ views
    Will soldiers have enough time to vote?Published: Saturday, October 3, 2009 FORT DRUM (AP) — Military and election officials insist that hundreds of deployed Fort Drum soldiers will have enough time to return their absentee ballots in next month’s special election in New York’s 23rd Congressional District, even though they won’t be mailed out for another two weeks. Friday was the regular deadline for counties to mail out absentee ballots to military personnel for the Nov. 3 general election. But those ballots don’t have the names of the three candidates in the 23rd District because the special election wasn’t set...
  • America's Military Voters: Re-enfranchising the Disenfranchised

    07/31/2009 3:40:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 712+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | July 28, 2009 | Hans A. von Spakovsky and M. Eric Eversole
    For many Americans, the 2008 presidential election was historic, both in its outcome and the number of citizens who voted, many for the first time. The overall turnout of the votingeligible population was 61.7 percent, the highest turnout since the 1964 presidential election.[1] Local election officials in many states reported high levels of voting by many individuals who have not traditionally participated in the election process. The same, however, cannot be said for America's military members and their votingage dependents ("military voters"). For these voters, especially those serving in dangerous combat zones like Iraq and Afghanistan, the 2008 presidential...
  • Time for a Military Suffrage Movement

    07/31/2009 11:27:57 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 494+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 31, 2009 | Keli Carender
    Remember the last election and all the rhetoric from the Democrats about making sure every vote counted, and reaching out to "traditionally" disenfranchised voters and communities? Remember how they were constantly accusing Republicans of deliberately and maliciously alienating and suppressing minority voters? Remember all that? In fact, claims of specific instances of disenfranchised voters were alleged long before the One ran for office. It turns out that the brave men and women of our military are the most disenfranchised group of voters today. Literally. The Heritage Foundation has published the results and analysis of research performed by Hans A. von Spakovsky,...
  • Fourth of Overseas Votes Uncounted

    05/20/2009 8:48:08 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 15 replies · 908+ views
    Military.com ^ | 05/15/09 | Military.com
    WASHINGTON - One out of every four ballots requested by military personnel and other Americans living overseas for the 2008 election may have gone uncounted, according to findings released at a Senate hearing. Sen. Charles Schumer, chairman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, said the study released Wednesday, while providing only a snapshot of voting patterns, "is enough to show that the balloting process for service members is clearly in need of an overhaul." The committee, working with the Congressional Research Service, surveyed election offices in seven states with high numbers of military personnel: California, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania,...
  • Obama’s Potemkin Military Reception=No Scandal-..were pre-screened,asked ...“Who voted for Obama?”

    04/12/2009 10:07:03 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 169 replies · 8,932+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 4-11-09
    “Cheered wildly by U.S. troops,” begins Jennifer Democratic Operative Loven’s AP report on Obama’s surprise visit to Iraq on Tuesday. Quite a contrast to the silent treatment Marines gave Obama at his Camp LeJeune speech in late February. Just how did Obama manage to fix that little problem? According to a sergeant in Iraq : *****We were pre-screened, asked by officials “Who voted for Obama?”, and then those who raised their hands were shuffled to the front of the receiving line. They even handed out digital cameras and asked them to hold them up. [Via Macsmind.]**** As supporting evidence for...
  • Minnesota's Shame: The wholesale disenfranchisement of absentee military voters.

    04/07/2009 5:48:38 AM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies · 1,199+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 7, 2009 | M. Eric Eversole
    In its recent order, the three-judge election contest court in Minnesota reiterated a common theme during the Coleman versus Franken Senate recount--notwithstanding the numerous questions raised regarding the fairness of the election, "Citizens of Minnesota should be proud of their electoral system, a system which has one of the highest voter-participation rates in the country." The court emphasized: "the facts presented thus far do not show a wholesale disenfranchisement of absentee voters in the 2008 general election." Accordingly, without any discussion of those facts, the court refused to review several groups of absentee ballots including many rejected ballots from military...
  • The Shameful Disenfranchisement of the Military in New York’s Congressional Race

    04/06/2009 4:12:58 AM PDT · by blueyon · 25 replies · 1,558+ views
    NRO ^ | April 02, 2009 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    Only 25 votes separate Republican Tim Tedisco and Democrat Scott Murphy in the special election for New York’s 20th district. That means the winner will be determined by 6,000 outstanding absentee ballots. According to the Department of Justice, 1,300 overseas voters requested absentee ballots, 471 of whom are military voters. Unfortunately, it is the military voters who will probably end up being disenfranchised and having their votes discounted, thanks to the irresponsible New York Board of Elections and the half-hearted actions of the Department of Justice. The problem for military voters in places like Iraq and Afghanistan is that it...
  • Dems block military vote in New York special election

    04/05/2009 6:36:30 PM PDT · by massmike · 59 replies · 2,779+ views
    Openmarket.org ^ | 4/5/2009 | Hans Bader
    The outcome of a special Congressional election in New York’s 20th Congressional District will likely turn on the illegal exclusion of up to 1,000 overseas military ballots, which otherwise would have tipped the race in favor of James Tedisco (R). Tedisco and Scott Murphy (D) are in a dead heat, with 77,225 votes each. Democrats on the state elections board blocked GOP attempts to allow overseas military voting in the special election. Overseas ballots take weeks to reach voters and be returned unless special measures are taken to speed things up. But the elections officials refused to do anything to...
  • 6 out of 10 servicemen wary of Obama in charge

    01/03/2009 9:12:03 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 54 replies · 1,463+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 03, 2009 | WorldNetDaily
    A recent Military Times survey of active-duty service members found 6 of 10 U.S. soldiers polled said they were "pessimistic" or "uncertain" about Barack Obama serving as commander in chief of America's armed forces. In follow-up interviews reported by the Army Times newspaper, respondents cited Obama's inexperience in leading soldiers, his plans for accelerated removal of troops from Iraq and his pledge to overturn the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding homosexual service members as reasons for their cautious outlook. "Being that the Marine Corps can be sent anywhere in the world with the snap of his fingers," said...